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3 Mistakes Singles Make with Their Money

Without a spouse to pick up the slack, you could be left in a financially vulnerable position. Here's how to be prepared

Without a spouse to pick up the slack, you could be left in a financially…

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Nascar’s First Black Woman Racer Talks Race & Racing

Following in her father's footsteps Tia Norfleet blazes a new trail in racing world

Female race car drivers are a rare breed but for 24-year-old Tia Norfleet the sport…

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4 Tax Breaks for College Students

How to be smart and save with a tax break on your tuition

A college education is probably the most expensive purchase you’ll make besides a home. Who…

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Brittany K. Earls Makes Her Mark in Print

The 'Genesis' magazine founder defies a global media recession in pursuit of publishing mogulhood

Genesis Magazine’s Brittany K. Earls defies a global media recession in pursuit of publishing mogulhood

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Managing Motherhood While in School

Undeterred by life's roadblocks, this young mother refused to let early parenthood derail her education

Typically teen pregnancy leads to a future filled with public assistance and hardships but Shani…

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MediaTakeOut Launches New Web-Based Reality Series ‘First Date’

The popular website expands its reach into the realm of original programming

MediaTakeOut.com founder Fred Mwangaguhunga joins forces with Fisher Klingenstein Films to introduce a new web-based…

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It’s that time of the year again when you’re bombarded with tons of back to school commercials, followed by the fall window displays and that signature end-of-summer breeze. For many college students, it means buckling down and hitting the books again (yes, less Facebook and Twitter time), but why do so without gadgets that will make college life easier? As part of our Back to School coverage, BlackEnterprise.com has selected six tech apparatuses you should invest in this semester. —Janel Martinez

6 Tech Tools To Make College Life More Manageable

These uber cool gadgets will make the college experience run a bit smoother

As the back to school rush continues, college bound students will need to be up…

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Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua Talks Music Business, Pt. 2

The music industry veteran speaks on his new venture with NYC indie label Fat Beats

Co-founder of Hip Hop Since 1978 Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua speaks on his new venture…

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Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua Talks Kanye, Lil Wayne and More

Responsible for handling both artists' careers, the music mogul shares his business strategies

As co-founder of the management firm Hip Hop Since 1978, Kyambo “Hip Hop Joshua steers…

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Juggling It All

How an IT firm uses project management software to build a collaborative timeline

Before using project management software, Tony Williamson, co-founder and CEO of Ajasa Technologies Inc., used…

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Privacy continues to be one of the top issues in sharing content on social networks. Recently, Facebook announced their new privacy settings and the redesign they are rolling out soon. Users started seeing the new privacy changes to the Web version Thursday, and the mobile roll-out of changes will happen soon after. An interesting question is what is driving the new Facebook privacy changes? Is it Google Plus or the need to provide users with a more contextual experience? The launch of Google Plus has intensified content-sharing privacy with their Google Circles functionality. The friendly competition with Google will hopefully continue to provide changes that will benefit the user. The other big plus is that these adjustments enable users to manage their profiles, which represent and reflect a portion of their online identity. ---Hajj Flemings

How the Facebook Privacy Adjustments Affect You

Be aware of changes to the social media site that affect who can see what

Facebook recently announced their new privacy settings and redesign they’re rolling out in the coming…

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‘Basketball Wives’ Meeka Claxton Talks Business, Independence & Reality TV Drama

The famed wife of Speedy Claxton talks about her thriving real estate business

Meeka Claxton on her thriving real estate business, her marriage, and BBW

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Find a Program Many returning and non-traditional students are not in the same position as first-year undergraduates. With families, full-time jobs, and various financial responsibilities to maintain, full-time programs aren’t always an option. Since finding a program that meets these prospective students’ needs is imperative, universities and colleges offer evening, part-time and weekend programs as great alternatives. For people just looking to improve their skills and not enroll in a degree program, institutions do offer non-degree options.

4 Tips You Should Know Before Heading Back to (Graduate) School

If you’re thinking about hitting the books (again), take a page from BE’s Back to School guide

BlackEnterprise.com has got you covered with these four easy-to-follow tips on returning to school.

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How to Handle Separation Anxiety: A Guide for Parents and Students

Whether it's parents worried about becoming empty-nesters or students becoming depressed, experts give advice on how to hold it together when going back to school

Whether it’s parents worried about becoming empty-nesters or students becoming depressed or homesick when they…

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On the Rise: A Clean Slate, A Successful Business

How Elohim Cleaning Contractors CEO Sirena Moore started her commercial cleaning business and grew it to a multi-million dollar venture

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“As a teenage mother with no higher education and…

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Get paid up front. This sometimes depends on the nature of your freelancing, but it’s good to either get full or at least part of your fees up front. You can weed out serious inquiries on work that way and avoid wasting time and money in your freelancing efforts.

The Right Way to Use Coupons for Big Savings

The process can be worth the time investment to cut costs

Here are four tips on how to work those coupon savings in your favor.

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Smartphone’s are changing the way college students order textbooks, purchase gas and experience the world. In a technology-driven society, these devices can be educational and lifestyle tools that use and share data in very cool ways. Mobile apps can help tech savvy students with data discovery that enhances their college experience inside and outside the classroom. Just in time for back to school season, here are six great apps that can help complete basic tasks and enable busy college students to track, capture, and pull data from anywhere to be more productive. —Hajj Flemings

6 Mobile Apps Every Busy College Student Needs

Every college student is on a budget and these apps can keep your pockets and health on track

College students are always on tight budgets and deadlines, these simple mobile apps can alleviate…

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With 140 characters or less, social media regulars receive the latest deets on everything from the advertures of their favorite celebs to up-to-the minute info on their close friends’ whereabouts to a blow-by-blow account of the Arab Spring. But Twitter is more than a news feed, it's also a professional tool, and following people who interest and inspire you can enhance your college experience. Instead of only following your celeb obsessions or BFFs, try useful college resources, prominent organizations and established leaders. To help you get started for back to school season, BE On Campus correspondent Damaris Skelton highlights 9 Twitter accounts that will help   keep college students in the know. Let us know your  favorite Twitter account (on or off this list) below!

9 Twitter Accounts That Can Enhance Your College Experience

From influential organizations to young leaders making a difference in their community, these 9 Twitter accounts will keep you in the know

Back to school season is upon us and BE On Campus correspondent Damaris Skelton highlights…

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Your Cheat Sheet: A Quick Guide to Student Loans for College

Student loans may be your only option for college. Here are tips for understanding (and repaying) your college loans

Taking out a student loan may be the only way to make college affordable. But…

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Who’s Next? (We Have the Answer!)

Visit BlackEnterprise.com/BENEXT to see what's next for the 35 and under leaders of the new school

Black Enterprise launches BE NEXT site for the 35 and under crowd highlighting young leaders…

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5 Reasons Every Student Should Launch a Startup Business While in College

How getting a head start as an entrepreneur could change your future

Small business expert Felicia Joy tells how getting a head start as an entrepreneur while…

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Don’t Go There: What Not to Ask a Recent Graduate

If you plan on having a one-on-one with a new grad, beware of these three feather ruffling questions

Let’s pump the brakes a bit and look a little closer at this yearly Q&A…

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Pastry’s Vanessa & Angela Simmons

Also: Power Player Ian Clarke; expert estate planning advice

Vanessa and Angela Simmons, co-founders of the Pastry’s urban fashion enterprise, are featured in the…

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Studying Abroad Still an Option for College Students of Color

Despite the hurdles preventing many African-American students from studying abroad, resources and a little perseverance make it a possibility

According to the latest Open Doors: Report on International Educational Exchange, a study run by…

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7 Tips for Job-Seeking College Students on Social Media Etiquette

Big Brother is watching and what you do and say online could cost you that job

Social networks have become part of the job search process so prospective college students and…

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Recent Grads, Keep Your Head (And Morale) Up

It’s not the world you thought you’d graduated into, but, trust, you can make it work

Recent grads should remain optimistic yet realistic about finding a job post-graduation

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Cannon on being taken seriously as a young mogul on-the-rise

Preview B.E. Business Report: TeenNick Chairman Nick Cannon

Also: Entrepreneur of the Week Margo Lewis; taking on student loan debt.

Multi-talented actor, comedian and entertainment industry executive Nick Cannon shares his story with Host Caroline…

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Weather Watch

How one student used an internship to secure a TV gig

Marcus Walter grew up in the Midwest fascinated by weather patterns and spent his time…

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5 Ways to Beef Up Your Skills for Job Seeking Success

Having just a bachelor's degree won't cut it in today's competitive job market. Use these strategies to help you be prepared

Consider these 5 tips to beef up your knowledge and propel your career success

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Poll: Do You Plan to Support Your Adult Children?

Knowing when it's time to cut the financial umbilical cord

A recent study conducted by SunAmerica Financial Group found that 70% of parents age 55…

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Black Travel Bloggers Say: Don’t Be Afraid to Get Away

Bloggers Kiratiana Freelon, Vaughn Richardson and Renee King encourage you to take flight and help you get started with their insider travel tips

Kiratiana Freelon, Vaughn Richardson and Renee King encourage you to take flight and help you…

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Will the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Do Any Good?

New agency aims to have your back when dealing with financial institutions

On July 21, consumers will officially have a new watchdog in the form of the…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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How to Shake Last-Minute Interview Jitters in 5 Minutes

Use these tactics to get rid of nervousness and ace your interview

The weight of the competition and the thought of being dismissed can leave you anxiety-ridden,…

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Black Founders Rally Support for NewMe Accelerator

Tech professionals in Silicon Valley start the summer with networking, food, and technology

Revolutionary program provides tech-savvy African Americans with the tools necessary to succeed in the digital…

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Survey: Small Businesses Underestimate the Importance of Online Reviews

Adorable and Affordable Summer Dresses for Work

Stay fashionable, yet professional in these lovely frocks perfect for the office

Madame Noire gives affordable and fashionable dress picks for office attire

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As we get ready for the holiday weekend and wrap up our coverage of Black Music Month, BlackEnterprise.com tapped into our thought leaders and editors to see what motivates them when it comes to handling their business. But we're not talking educational seminars or textbooks; we’re talking playlists.Check out this cool mix of songs and add them to your own playlist. They're sure to get you moving--whether it's to work out or on your way to work. #NP —Elayne Fluker

12 Songs to Add to Your Power Moves Playlist #NP

Business leaders and Black Enterprise editors tell you what music inspires them to make power moves

Business leaders and Black Enterprise editors tell you what music inspires them to make power…

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All in the Family

How to keep a family-owned business thriving from one generation to the next

Nina Jones has no problem keeping up with the Joneses.

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The Future of Music: Dos and Don’ts of Promoting Your Music on Social Media

Expert tips on how your to 'socialize' your sound and reach the masses

Wayne Sutton and William Moss give expert tips on how your music can reach the…

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10 Fashion Essentials for the Office

Madame Noire highlights 10 fashion must-haves for women in the office

Madame Noire highlights 10 fashion must-haves for women in the office

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7 Money Lessons Teens Learned from the Recession

A new study shows the Great Recession turned out to be teens’ most effective teacher.

You’ve probably talked to your teens about money management numerous times. And you’ve probably felt…

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Financial Advice for 2011 College Graduates (Beyond ‘Get a Job!’)

Strategies to help students do the right thing after getting that diploma

Our Money columnist Lynnette Khalfani-Cox offers tips to help college grads do the right (and…

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Leaders of the New School: 6 Young Bosses to Watch

Learn how to change the game from these young business leaders

Learn from these young business leaders how to change the game

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6 Common Lies Debt Collectors Will Tell You

And how to spot them a mile away...plus know the truth about your rights as a consumer

If you’ve ever had to deal with debt collectors, you know that many of them…

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2011 B.E. Small Business Award Nominees

Our finalists exceed expectations and seize opportunity to take home top honors at this year's Entrepreneurs Conference

Our finalists exceed expectations and seize opportunity to take home top honors at this year’s…

By Renita Burns

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Michelle Obama Speaks At Spelman Graduation and Urges Graduates to Pursue Life of Service

Historically Black women's college welcomes first lady after 4 years of campaigning for her to appear

On May 15, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the Class of 2011 at Spelman College,…

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Will Bankruptcy Stop Tupac’s Biopic from Hitting the Screen?

15 years later, financial harships threaten to keep the rapper's long-awaited story out of theaters

15 years later, financial hardships threaten to keep the rapper’s long-awaited story out of theaters

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The Startup Phase: Steps to Launching a Tech Company

Six tools and resources to get your company up and running

So you’re great with computers, love the latest apps and often advise friends on what…

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Film Executive Will Packer: Bounce TV Will Be Nothing Like BET

With new Steve Harvey movie, Packer tells how he's making a mark in Hollywood

With new Steve Harvey movie, Packer tells how he’s making a mark in Hollywood

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7 Ways to Land Your Dream Internship

Buzz Marketing CEO Tina Wells tells how to score the best summer internship

Buzz Marketing CEO Tina Wells tells how to make sure you have the best options

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10 Twitter Accounts That Can Prep You For College

From SAT prep to financial assistance, follow these 10 Twitter handles

From SAT prep to financial assistance, follow these 10 Twitter handles

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Entrepreneurship is no longer a term solely reserved for former business execs and seasoned employees. Gone are the days where young adults stick close to the traditional career path. Instead, today's trailblazers are creating their own opportunities. And some of the smartest among them will join BLACK ENTERPRISE next month at our annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference. Check out these young leaders under 35—BE Nexters—who are carving a space for themselves in the tech, social media and beauty/fashion industries, to name a few.

10 Young Entrepreneurs to Watch Out For

Tomorrow's leaders are already here. Check a few notable candidates to raise the bar in business and beyond.

Tomorrow’s leaders are already here. Check a few notable candidates to raise the bar in…

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Poll: Is it OK for New College Grads to Move Back Home?

Good financial sense or a surefire way to kill a kid's desire for independence? You decide

Good financial sense or a surefire way to kill a kid’s desire for independence? You…

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WATCH: Kimora Lee Simmons on Successes, Failures, Giving Back and Loving Her Tweeps

The wife/mom/mogul shows no signs of slowing down. Such is 'Life in the Fab Lane'

The wife/mom/mogul shows no signs of slowing down. Such is ‘Life in the Fab Lane’

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Getting Started: Three Young Producers Look Beyond TV to Reach Audiences

With the help of actor Idris Elba, the owners of Brown Paper Dolls find innovative ways to tell their stories

With the help of actor Idris Elba, the owners of Brown Paper Dolls find innovative…

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5 Steps for Strategic Small Business Growth

How to get your company to the next level

How to get your company to the next level

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Anatomy of an Elevator Pitch

5 ways to pitch your small business and guarantee you don't leave money on the table

Okay, so 30-60 seconds may not seem like a lot of time. But in the…

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4 Business Plan Musts

How having your business plan on-point can put you ahead of the competition

Whether you have 100 investors or 100 dollars to fund your start-up, your business plan…

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Want to know more about being (or raising) a teenpreneur to become a future CEO? Join us at Black Enterprise's Entrepreneurs Conference taking place in Atlanta May 22-25 and attend out Teenpreneurs Program. Learn from veteran entrepreneurs, develop leadership skills, get tips on starting your business and more. As an incentive, BLACK ENTERPRISE is offering a $200 discount for early registration. Just visit blackenterprise.com/ec to register and enter code BEDG295.

10 Tips for Teenpreneurs

Former teen CEO Tina Wells gives her tips on getting an early start on launching your new business

Check out the photo gallery loaded with tips.

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Top 10 Myths about Saving for College

See the myths and learn the facts about how the 529 plan can help you save for college

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On average, the cost of college doubles every nine years according…

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Test Your Financial IQ!

Take our quiz to determine how financially savvy you are, and to get tips on how to better manage your money

The financial decisions you make can have a lasting impact on your credit and your…

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Young Bosses: 6 Successful Brand Builders Who Got An Early Start

Learn from these business leaders how to take charge at an early age and change the game

Learn from these business leaders how to take charge at an early age and change…

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Young Bosses: 5 Steps to Success in Business at an Early Age

Two inspiring entrepreneurs talk about their journey and tips to start your own

Two inspiring entrepreneurs talk about their journey and tips to start your own

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Anatomy of a Young Boss: The Makings of a Leader

Here's how to nurture the inner workings of a young business leader

Here’s how to nurture the inner workings of a young business leader

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When I interviewed Renetta McCann in 2003 as Black Enterprise’s Corporate Executive of the Year, the now former CEO of Starcom MediaVest Group in Chicago was, at the time, the only Black woman to hold the chief executive seat at a major firm. When asked about influences in her career, one seemed strikingly odd--it was Don Corleone, the central character in the classic book and movie The Godfather. McCann said following his guidelines were instrumental in her climb to the top. Here are her five takeaways from the infamously celebrated mob boss that women can use in the workplace.

5 Ways to Keep It (Professionally) Gangsta at Work

Five professional lessons women can learn from The Godfather's mob boss Don Corleone

Five professional lessons women can learn from The Godfather’s mob boss Don Corleone

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7 Most Valuable Plays of a Young Boss

Successful power moves of today's young leaders

Successful power moves of today’s young leaders

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7 Personalities Who Went from Reality TV Fame to Business Success

When one thinks of reality TV, the first thing that often comes to mind is…

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4 Power Moves of Oscar Fashion: Red Carpet Style That Wins

Star style details that translate success

From Oprah Winfrey and Halle Berry to Russell Simmons and 50 Cent, these African American…

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All Images: GettyThe recent trade of NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets to the New York Knicks has dominated sports discussion and headlines since the moment it happened. Fans of the Knicks are ecstatic that their once proud franchise can now officially return to relevance. Lost in the uproar, however, is the potential economic surge this trade will likely have. Not just for Anthony, who signed a three-year $65 million contract extension as part of the deal, but for the NYC area as well. Former NBA player and now TNT analyst Kenny Smith shares a few of the ways that Anthony�s Big Apple acquisition can change the financial stakes for him, his new team and business owners in the entire tri-state area. —Khalid Salaam

Carmelo Anthony Decoded: The Economics of the Trade

The NBA all-star wasn't the only one to get a big payday signing with the Knicks, small businesses were impacted as well

The recent trade of NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets to the New…

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UBR Morning Post: How Farrah Gray Builds His Newest Business By The Book

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Executive Producer TaQuoya Kennedy gets an insiders…

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Getting Started: Launching Your Own Jewelry Line

Allyson Leak struck gold when her jewelry adorned celebs like Alicia Keys. Here, the young designer talks shop about her craft

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As Fashion Week heads…

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Natural Hair and Professionalism. An oxymoron?

Is it possible to reach the C-suite without straight hair?

Is it possible to reach the C-suite without straight hair?

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I started my first company, Buzz Marketing Group, when I was just 16. So I definitely have some experience being a teenpreneur. I was so lucky and fortunate to start my business at that age, and to continue to have it grow and be successful all these years later. Even though it was tough, there were so many more benefits to launching a business. So if you’re a teenpreneur or know of a teenpreneur, here are some of my tips to get you started.--Tina Wells (Follow me on Twitter at @tinacwells)

6 Tips for a Stress-Free You

Be Nexter Tina Wells provides her tips on staying calm, cool and collected on the job or in your business

Tina Wells, CEO of Buzz Marketing Group and author of Chasing Youth Culture and Getting…

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The HBCU Debate: Are Black Colleges & Universities Still Needed?

Started as a response to racism and starved of financial support, HBCUs have to do more with less

Critics have called them a race-based anachronism. Others have said worse: They’re inferior, they’re in…

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We're only a week away from Black Enterprise's 6th Annual Women of Power Summit.  Next week, both  seasoned businesswomen and up-and-coming entrepreneurs will congregate in Orlando for three days of networking and insightful workshops. To celebrate the occasion, check out our list of 10 business mavens under 40. You can catch them live at this year's summit or via BlackEnterprise.com's up-to-the-minute coverage. —Janel Martinez (Image: Thinkstock; all other images courtesy of subject)

Top 10: Young Women of Power

With just a week before the Women of Power conference, BE highlights some of the brightest female entrepreneurs and execs under 40

We’re only a week away from Black Enterprise’s 6th Annual Women of Power Summit. Are…

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Mooz-Lum director Qasim Basir steps from behind the camera and into the spotlight (Press)  	A lot goes into making an independent movie. Beyond securing budgets (or the lack thereof), talent and equipment, it takes a lot of patience and perseverance to actually see a screenplay go from just words on a page to a finished reel. Still, the best most indie filmmakers can hope for are a few screenings on the film fest circuit and critical acclaim, but that wasn’t enough for writer/director Qasim “Q” Basir. 	Not only did Basir get to complete his first feature film, Mooz-Lum, but the 30-year-old Michigan native secured an all-star cast—including Nia Long, Danny Glover, Evan Ross, Roger Guenveur Smith and Dorian Missick—and a direct distribution deal with AMC Theatres for his independent picture. Promoted primarily through social media and word of mouth, Mooz-Lum, which took home Best Narrative Feature honors at last year’s Urbanworld Film Festival, garnered so much public support that Eventful reached out to Basir about distributing the film along with AMC, which is virtually unheard of for a non-mainstream project and a first-time feature director. 	“Eventful has worked with films that have been part of a studio and AMC has too,” Basir explains. “But there hasn’t been an independent film that’s had Eventful.com as a primary marketing partner and literally we open in the top 10 cities that demand the film.” 	Thanks to this groundbreaking distribution deal, Mooz-Lum, which tells the coming of age story of a young Muslim American man trying to find a balance between his faith and the secular world, opens today (February 11) in limited release. In the midst of drumming up moviegoer turnout for opening weekend, Basir sat down with BLACKENTERPRISE.COM to share tips for aspiring filmmakers looking to get their film on the silver screen. —Anslem Samuel

5 Keys to Success for Independent Filmmakers

Writer/director behind the critically acclaimed film Mooz-Lum tells you how to make movies by any means necessary

<em>Mooz-Lum director Qasim Basir steps from behind the camera and into the spotlight (Press)</em> <ul>…

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Paris Goudie keeps his hands full with new career (Source: Subject)

Financial Worker Quits Job to Tackle Juggling

Paris the Hip-Hop Juggler overcame career-threatening back surgery to pursue his childhood dream

Paris Goudie was just 12 years old when the Big Apple Circus outreach program came…

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UBR Morning Post: Dante Lee Shares Black Business Success Secrets

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Executive Producer TaQuoya Kennedy speaks with Dante…

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Getting Started: ‘Men of Morehouse’ Create an Upscale Condom Line

Morehouse graduates found b condoms to combat the high HIV/AIDS rates in urban communities

That something was b condoms, a plush condom brand that merges style and sexual health.The…

By Janel Martinez

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MICHELLE OBAMA 	First Lady of the United States 	Mrs. Obama is a dynamic First Lady and partner to our nation's first Black president, Barack Obama. However, the Princeton University and Harvard Law School graduate continues to make her role as First Lady a memorable one. Though she may receive more press for her fashion influence, Mrs. Obama seems to much rather prefer using her clout for good to launch and support initiatives like Let's Move, which promotes exercise to battle childhood obesity and healthy eating, especially within underserved communities. 	POLISH PICK: Who's The Boss. This color is bold and engaging, just like Mrs. Obama. In addition to crafting a legacy of service, she has undoubtedly become a style icon, influencing designers and fashionistas worldwide. This color is perfect for anyone who appreciates a chic yet classic look.

The Power of Color: 9 Women Who Nail It Every Time

The ladies behind Ginger + Liz Colour Collection match up the right hues to accent these fierce and financially focused females

Beauty industry entrepreneurs Ginger + Liz pair notable women with their colour counterpart

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Hydeia Broadbent Speaks Out on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

An open letter to Black America from the young activist who has been fighting the disease her whole life

This is a day we should be remembering all of the men and women who…

By Tomika Anderson

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How To Make Your Small Biz Dreams a Reality

Buzz Marketing CEO Tina Wells tells you how to go from idea to "open-for-business"

A few years ago, I took a class at my church on visions to strategy…

By Tina Wells

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Disney Imagineer Davie is all smiles

How to Make the Most of a Career (and a Life) Abroad

Mike Davie moved to Germany to design a Disney cruise ship for kids and adults

Mike Davie moved to Germany to design a Disney cruise ship for kids and adults

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Haters

Why We Should Be Grateful for Our “Haters”

Critics can't hurt you unless you let them. But people cosigning on everything you do can kill you

For some people, the thought of having haters is as fascinating as wondering about life…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Be self-aware and personally responsible. "Learn how to be more comfortable in your own skin," Collier says. The more you understand yourself, the more you can be comfortable in your mannerisms and the more comfortable people are going to be in their interactions with you.  	For more on executive success in the workplace: 	How to Deal with the Boss from Hell 	Step Your Game Up with a Career Coach 	How to manage your feelings

The Boss Effect: How Small Gestures Make Big Impressions

Executives, learn to use executive amplifiers to your benefit

For executives and managers, sweating the small stuff can mean big results. Here’s how to…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Skilled orators are savvy marketers by definition. Take for instance, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. The rapper-turned-businessman can deem a product cool or passé simply by how he flips it in a verse. But does Jay-Z co-signing a brand in rhyme necessarily equal a boost in its respective sales? Here, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at some products that have been name-checked by the influential orator over the years, and how they fared in the aftermath. —Alvin Blanco (Images: Getty)

Jay-Z’s Marketing Power Decoded

Some people merely speak things into existence, but the influential music mogul speaks brands into profits

Skilled orators are savvy marketers by definition. Take for instance, <strong>Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter</strong>. The rapper-turned-businessman…

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Who’s your direct and indirect competition? Here’s a tip, you always have an indirect competitor; your customer can choose to simply not spend money. So there is always competition. It’s not impressive to investors to hear that you think you have no competition. We all have competition in business.

12 Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask Before Writing a Business Plan

Buzz Marketing CEO Tina Wells gives you the questions (and answers) you should consider

While business plans can take all types of forms, they all share the following elements.…

By Tina Wells

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Examine your career vision and develop a strategy: What do you want? Where do you want to be in five years? "After you have answered these questions and more, think about what you can get from your current job that prepares you for where you are going," Colemon says. "How might you gain more training? Can you work from home one day a week? Is there a new project, task, or goal that can be led by you? Tuition reimbursement? There are a million things to ask for, but what is relevant to your specific needs, desires and goals?"

4 Ways to Boost Your Salary Today

How to ask for what you're worth and actually get it�even in tough economic times

Expert tips on how to get a salary increase and get what you’re worth

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Sanya Richards-Ross Goes for the Gold in Her Career, Business and Personal Life

How the Olympic medalist balances her life and her ambitions

Two-time Olympic gold medalist, Sanya Richards-Ross, doesn’t intend to be defeated. Not as the world’s…

By Arlice Nichole

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WATCH: The High Life: Ne-Yo Talks about His New Ventures & Partnership with Black Enterprise

Tai Beauchamp interviews BE CEO Earl Butch Graves & Ne-Yo, who's so serious about business

Black Enterprise CEO Earl Butch Graves and Ne-Yo talk business for the High Life

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Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells knows a bit about being a young person with big dreams of launching your own business. At just 18, she launched her company to tap into the needs and interests of young people like her. Twelve years later, Wells and BMG have been recognized as leaders in the industry, having been featured in BLACK ENTERPRISE, Essence and Inc; winning the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year award; and boasting more than 9,000 young people who serve as "buzzSpotters" around the country. Now, Wells brings her expertise to BE NEXTERs on BlackEnterprise.com with her weekly column filled with tips, advice and feedback for young entrepreneurs. See her on our site each week! And follow her at on Twitter @fashiontw. For her first post, Wells offers up 10 Tips for Young Entrepreneurs.

Top 10 Tips for Young Entrepreneurs

Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells joins BlackEnterprise.com as a weekly blogger offering up advice on how to succeed in business

<strong>Buzz Marketing Group </strong>CEO Tina Wells knows a bit about being a young person with…

By Tina Wells

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Addisu put more stock in his dreams than the market

Changing Lanes: Wall Street Trader Quits Job to Pursue His Dreams

Anteneh Addisu was already successful in the finance world, but he gave it all up for a career in music

Anteneh “Anthem” Addisu, 25, loved working on Wall Street. Making close to $150,000 a year,…

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Health care and social assistance --Due to the constant dependency on this industry, it's been stable throughout the job market insecurity. "We haven’t seen the dramatic declines in health care that we’ve seen in other categories throughout the recession, but there’s sill sizable growth year-to-year." The Monster exec describes the industry as "recession proof." Jobs that are experiencing growth in this industry are occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech pathologists.

On the Job: Top Industries to Break Into This Year

Where the jobs are! 5 industries you�ll want to enter in 2011

BlackEnterprise.com spoke with Matthew Henson, vice president of public relations from Monster Worldwide, about why…

By Janel Martinez

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UBR Morning Post: Top Business Innovator Amos Winbush

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita Young speaks with Black Enterprise…

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O'Neal creates her own reality & gets paid well for it

Shaunie O’Neal at the Top of Her Game

The executive producer talks about the ins and outs of reality TV, as well as what's next on her business agenda

BlackEnterprise.com chatted with the young businesswoman about starting her own production company, stepping in front…

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Getting Started: Opening a Business with Your Best Friend

Kandi Burruss and Peaches Chin tell how they never let being in business together get in the way of their friendship

A conscious decision to succeed and never let business get in the way of their…

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In the News: TV No Longer a Viable News Source for Young Adults

Findings show the under-30 crowd gets news primarily from the Internet

The Internet has surpassed television as the main national and international news source for people…

By Janel Martinez

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WATCH: Working Your Style with Daisy Lewellyn: Building Your After-Work Wardrobe

Ever have a tough time knowing exactly how to take your look from the office to…

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For more 4/11 coverage, read: 4/11: Green Machines - 11 Eco-Friendly Cars for 2011 4/11: 11 Life-Altering Trends to Watch For in 2011 4/11: Get Your Money Right - Financial advice for 2011

4/11: Leaders of the New School

Schools in session! See why these 11 young, innovative leaders will soar in the new year

</a>With 2010 logged into the history books, it’s time to look forward to the future…

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Getting Started: Turning Your Blog into a Business

How one enterprising woman went from blogger to entrepreneur

Hays tells how she went from blogger to businesswoman
From entertainment to politics to fashion, fascinating…

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BE Next: Your Money Questions Answered

BE canvassed our 21-35-year-old audience to solicit their most pressing questions about wealth building

Black Enterprise asked our team of experienced financial advisers to help answer some of your…

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WATCH: Working Your Style with Daisy Lewellyn: Holiday Party Dressing

Chic his and her looks to help you ring in the new year with style!

In our new video series, Working Your Style, our host, Daisy Lewellyn (TV personality, style…

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In 1994 Curtiss Pope's first job was as a grocery store clerk. Only 15, he couldn’t understand why there wasn’t a document to show customers which aisle had the bread and which aisle had the dairy. “I had to be well versed in the store layout,” remembers Pope. Fast-forward to 2008; Pope, now a software engineer, was on a grocery run with his wife when he got a spark of inspiration. He wanted to create a mobile app to help customers navigate their stores. That's exactly what he did. The app, AisleFinder, helps shoppers find their grocery items based on their shopping list. It also provides users with coupons and collects information about shoppers’ habits. Pope’s wife, along with several of his friends and family, thought it was a great idea and gave him moral support; along with $22,000. Unfortunately, the national grocery store chains didn’t feel the same way. It took a year and a half before Pope, and his four-person staff, were able to get a pilot deal with national grocery retailer, Safeway Inc. After a lot of coaxing the store agreed that starting this January they would endorse his app in 40 of their stores across California. Although AisleFinder still has a long way to go, Pope says that the deal with Safeway is already opening doors to other retailers. Here are his 10 tips for closing a deal with a national brand.

How to Get a Deal with National Retailers

10 tips on pitching your idea to the big guys from someone who did it

Curtiss Pope created a mobile app to help shoppers locate their items in grocery stores.…

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WATCH: HIV/AIDS and the Impact on Black Men

Emerald Morrow speaks to an HIV positive young man who talks about the challenges and the way forward

Emerald Morrow reports for BlackEnterprise.com about the impact HIV/AIDS still has on our community.

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WATCH: Working Your Style with Daisy Lewellyn: Your Holiday Shopping Guide

Still picking up last-minute gifts? Daisy gives easy gift ideas for co-workers and friends

In our new video series, Working Your Style, our host Daisy Lewellyn (TV personality, style…

By Elayne Fluker

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Book Review: Black Business Secrets

Author Dante Lee wants African Americans to excel as entrepreneurs, not just have good feelings about business ownership

For those entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners who are serious about building sustainable businesses, Dante…

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For our January 2011 issue, rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson provides BLACK ENTERPRISE an all-access look at how he has evolved into an entrepreneur extraordinaire. At 35-years-old, Jackson is at the helm of a burgeoning business empire, making deals faster than his hip-hop predecessors. Check out these exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from our Los Angeles cover shoot, and be sure to pick up the January issue when it hits newsstands on December 28.

Behind the Scenes of Our 50 Cent Cover Shoot

Up close and personal with the hip-hop mogul

Take a look at exclusive shots of 50 Cent from Black Enterprise magazine’s January 2011…

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The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing and thanks to Technology Editor Marcia Wade Talbert BlackEnterprise.com is in the building. She’s already reported on some of the cool accessories for the road warrior but yesterday came the announcement of two enterprising entertainers getting into the technology business as Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Black Enterprise cover subject Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson unveiled their brand new headphone lines. However, they aren’t the first celebrities to make noise in the technology arena, so BlackEnterprise.com takes a look back at the other headphone head honchos while also highlighting 50 and Ludacris’ pairs.

Is 50 Cent the Next Ice Cube?

After stirring the hip-hop pot, 50 Cent is expanding his portfolio and making big bucks

The hip-hop mogul-to-be continues to change the game

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POLL: Should 50 Cent Be a Role Model?

The music mogul speaks on his charity work and why his moves outside of music are worth following

For our January 2011 issue, rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson provides BLACK ENTERPRISE an all-access…

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WATCH: 5 Money Management Tips With Mellody Hobson

What young people need to know about investing. (It's not as difficult as you think!)

The Ariel Investments President shares her wisdom on the power of saving and investing.

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Exclusive: What Motivates 50 Cent to Get Rich or Die Tryin’?

And why he refuses to accept any excuses from YOU

“I’m from the bottom, so you got to find another excuse,” asserts Jackson, referring to…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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WATCH: Digital Discussion with Bossip CEO Marve Frazier

The young business woman talks about her rise to the top of the digital empire and new blog launches for 2011

The BE Nexter gives us the inside scoop on how she went from investing $8…

By Janel Martinez

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Exclusive: 50 Cent Responds to Criticism Over Flaunting Money on Twitter

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson talks his celebrity and trouble with tweets

50 puts his money where his mouth is
For our January 2011 issue, rapper Curtis “50…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Outtakes with Caroline Clarke: Behind-the-scenes with Nick Cannon

What you didn't know the comedian-turned-Chairman

Ok, I’ll be honest. I didn’t expect much when I went to interview Nick Cannon…

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Start an internship/externship: While you may only be out of school for a month and a half, it is still enough time to gain on-the-job experience with an externship or an internship. If need a jumping off point, reach out to professors, mentors and your network and spread the word that your looking to work over the break. Also, read your local newspaper to find out which companies are laying off workers--they'll be hard pressed to turn down free labor.

5 Winter Break Career Development Tips for College Students

Here are five things you can do this winter break to boost your resume and…

By Renita Burns

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WATCH: Nick Cannon on Business, Being Taken Seriously & Faking It ‘Til You Make It

The self-described "entrepretainer" shares tips for young entrepreneurs

Blackenterprise.com correspondent Shannon Lanier recently caught up with self-described “Entrepretainer” Nick Cannon, who, at just…

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BlackEnterprise.com caught up with BE Next leaders in finance, entertainment, science, and technology on their favorite reads that inspire them and give them tools to achieve their dreams.

40 Next: Young Leaders’ Book Picks for Success

Top reads of today's BE Next entreprenuers and professionals

BE Next leaders give their favorite books on success and leadership

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Valeisha Butterfield Strives to Empower Women in Entertainment

Founder and Chair of WEEN tells how she turned her idea into a worldwide following

Blackenterprise.com talked with the industry savvy chairwoman about turning her dream into a reality, the…

By Janel Martinez

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Ne-Yo To Be Honored Among ‘Intelligent Performers’

Award-winning singer/songwriter among entrepreneurs and executives recognized for innovation and excellence

Award-winnning singer/songwriter Shaffer Smith, better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is among the top…

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Military to Mainstream: 20 Resources for Service Members and Their Families

Make the most of these services for active-duty servicemen and veterans

Here are a number of resources offered by the U.S. government and a number of…

By Renita Burns

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UBR Morning Post: ‘Reallionaire’ Motivator Farrah Gray

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita Young speaks with Jamaal Williams,…

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Military to Mainstream: 5 People You Need to Know If You’re in the Military

A Who's Who for military resources

Here are five people all active duty personnel and veterans need to know.

By Renita Burns

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What You Could Learn From … Soulja Boy’s Social Media Marketing Success

Using YouTube and Twitter, how a young entrepreneur took his strategy straight to the bank

Despite his controversial missteps, Soulja Boy’s Wall Street Journal talk brings to light social media…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Venus Williams on How to Make Smart Decisions for Your Brand

The tennis champion shares her three guiding principles for success

Williams tells Black Enterprise that she attributes her stellar track record to her parents’ mentorship…

By Tomika Anderson

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Venus Williams’ Winning Moments

A look at some of the tennis star's more recent triumphs

A look at some of the tennis star’s more recent triumphs

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Drama, Laughs and Insight From ‘The Apprentice’

Recapping our live chats former Apprentice Kelly Smith Beaty

While Kelly is no longer part of the show, here’s a recap of the drama,…

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Tips for Overcoming Sexist Attitudes at Work

Don't let negative views get in your way

I am a woman entering the field of information technology and I feel I’m not…

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Marc Lamont Hill is New Host of Our World with Black Enterprise

Syndicated series returns October 9 & 10

Marc Lamont Hill, Ph.D. makes his debut as host of the nationally syndicated television series…

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5 Qs for Jamilah B. Creekmur: The Business Mind Behind AllHipHop.com

How she increased the company's value to $17 million

BlackEnterprise.com talked with Jamilah B. Creekmur about the business model behind AllHipHop.com

By Renita Burns

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Business Tips From ‘The Apprentice’ – Task 3

Kelly Smith Beaty, former BE intern and Apprentice contestant, imparts some hard-won business knowledge

You don’t get hand-picked by Donald Trump himself to compete on The Apprentice by accident…

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Economista: 5 Strategies for Getting College Scholarships

Don't apply for scholarships without following these steps

It pays to be strategic with how you look for college financing. Check out these…

By Renita Burns

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Food Biz: Five Tips for Taking Over A Restaurant

Information, advice, and everything an entrepreneur needs to know about the food business

If you take over an existing restaurant or food business you can end up finding…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Green Insider: Preparing Generation Next for Energy Jobs

Eco-friendly resources for businesses and individuals

How do we adequately prepare our youth for the challenge of leading our nation towards…

By Andre Williams

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Kelly Smith Beaty Takes Us Inside ‘The Apprentice’

Former Black Enterprise intern and Apprentice contestant talks about what you won't see on TV

Kelly Smith Beaty, former Black Enterprise intern and The Apprentice contestant, takes us behind the…

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Former Black Enterprise Intern to Appear on The Apprentice, Part 3

Kelly Smith Beaty gets cast on Donald Trumps original televised entrepreneurial competition

Part 3 of our interview with Kelly Beaty, a 30-year-old public relations rep and former…

By Sonja Mack

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Economista: Micro-loans for College Students?

How social loans are becoming a viable source for student borrowers

Companies have been springing up offering a micro lending model to student loans which aims…

By Renita Burns

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Former Black Enterprise Intern to Appear on The Apprentice, Part 2

Kelly Smith Beaty gets cast on Donald Trumps original televised entrepreneurial competition

Part 2 of our interview with Kelly Beaty, a 30-year-old public relations rep and former…

By Sonja Mack

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Former Black Enterprise Intern to Appear on The Apprentice

Kelly Smith Beaty gets cast on Donald Trumps original televised entrepreneurial competition

You prepare yourself for the professional path you want to take in life, but you…

By Sonja Mack

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40 Next: Ouigi Theodore

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise is taking a look both forward and…

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In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise is taking a look both forward and…

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In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise is taking a look both forward and…

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In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise is taking a look both forward and…

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40 Next: Nick Cannon

In celebration of Black Enterprise's 40th Anniversary, we recognize African Americans, ages 21-35, who are changing the world of business

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise is taking a look both forward and…

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40 Next: Milton & Frederick Ochieng

In celebration of Black Enterprise's 40th Anniversary, we recognize African Americans, ages 21-35, who are changing the world of business

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise is taking a look both forward and…

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Venus Williams was one of the featured speakers at this year’s Women of Power Summit.

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Women of Power: Pushing Past Fear To Make Your Next Career Move

At the Black Enterprise Women of Power summit, attendees learn how to push past fears…

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